n The Share Centre, a firm of stockbrokers based in Tring, is offering to sell windfall shares of Colonial, the Australian insurer, for 2 per cent (minimum pounds 27.50). Over 200,000 UK policy-holders of Colonial were due the shares, which started trading on the Sydney stock market last week. Call 0345 697502.
n The Retirement Insurance Advisory Service is offering a 10 per cent discount to people who take out its Garden Secure insurance policy in the month following the Chelsea Flower Show. The policy offers up to pounds 750 of cover a year for trees, shrubs, boundary walls and fences. Call 0800 552100.
n One in five adults would be prepared to pay pounds 12 a month for dental insurance, according to research by Mintel. Only 5 per cent of people currently have insurance, and on average they are paying less than this figure.
n Mercury European Privatisation investment trust is planning to buy back more of its shares in coming weeks in an attempt to narrow the discount to the value of its under-lying investments that its shares currently trade at - so lifting returns to investors. This discount has been more than 15 per cent recently.